22 AUG - 2023
It’s giving Miu Miu, but to the untrained eye, it’s giving snobby receptionist.
This just in, oversized glasses are slowly being pushed out of ‘trendiness’ in the fashion sphere to make way for a much sleeker design – the Bayonetta frame glasses. These audacious and edgy frames are making headway with their "Miu Miu meets librarian" vibe, drawing inspiration from famous films and video games, iconic celebrities, and Y2K it-girl aesthetics. If you wore these glasses during school - you were sure to get bullied, so what happened? Why are they now considered cool? Get ready to channel your inner Gabbriette Bechtel as we delve into the reasoning why Bayonetta glasses have gone from making you the ultimate loser to the latest fashion craze on TikTok.
At first glance, these glasses may scream ‘bitchy librarian,’ but don't be fooled - these days, they are anything but. Bayonetta glasses exude a daring confidence with their thin framed design and sharp, rectangular angles. These glasses come in an array of materials, from glossy fiberglass to transparent or coloured plastics, there’s a style out there for everyone.
The appeal of Bayonetta glasses originates in their blend of meme culture and high fashion references. Picture Miranda Priestly striding through the bustling streets of New York City in The Devil Wears Prada, and you should get the idea. Bayonetta’s effortlessly capture that boss lady ‘don’t-fuck-with-me’ energy, turning something that was once considered ugly af into what they now stand for, sophistcation and empowerment, and fashion prowess. C’mon, they're HOT.
My personal style queen, Bella Hadid, owns a few pairs of Bayonettas, and so does model and influencer Gabriette Bechtel. Are they responsible for making these glasses go from loser to diva? Celebrities and fashion icons have undoubtedly contributed to the up and coming popularity of Bayonetta glasses. Another fashionista, Gisele Bündchen, wore these frames during her quick cameo in The Devil Wears Prada, channeling the vintage elegance that made her a household name. But the real credit does of course go to the fashion maven herself, Bella Hadid. Her fearless attitude towards fashion has helped propel these glasses into the limelight. I, of course, must mention the titular video game character 'Bayonetta' as well, who wears a pair. Her character design appeasing to the male gaze - making Bayonetta glasses hot again.
C'mon they're hawt!
The reason Bayonettas might be hard for the public to get behind is because of how nuanced this fashion trend is. There are many layers of prior knowledge required before understanding the allure of the Bayonettas. You need context from both the fashion world, and the internet - those who are chronically online seem to have the best grasp on the trend.
Want to get your hands on a pair of these statement frames? Many high-end fashion brands and eyewear designers have already embraced the trend, offering their own unique takes on the Bayonetta style.
Here are our top picks:
Your best bet at finding some vintage Miu Miu Bayonettas is on Grailed, but act quickly - these are sure to sell as the trend rises in popularity.
Specsavers Bayonetta Glasses